Meet the Earth & Owl Instructors!

Nikki Hayes ~ RYT 200, B.S. Ed, JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Credentialed Instructor

My mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming environment for people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and abilities in order to bring greater health, happiness, and well-being into the lives of those in my community.

I am a 2004 graduate of Peru State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. My RYT 200 yoga certification was earned through Lighthouse Yoga in Omaha, Nebraska. I am also a JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Credentialed Instructor fully qualified to lead and teach classes on the JumpSport Fitness Trampoline and associated equipment.

My husband Danny, an instructor at Peru State College, and I have been married for 20 years and have three children ages 18, 14, and 12.

Emily Crotty ~ B.S. Ed

Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a blessed mama to 3 sweet kids and wife to Brett. Being active has always been important to me and I have participated in several different types of workouts over the years. Since having kids it has been harder to find the time to fit it all in. I started attending yoga and bounce classes at Earth and Owl shortly after having my third baby because I knew it was important. I fell in love with the whole experience! I needed the peace, the adult connections, and the “me time” that came with it. I found out that group fitness is totally my niche! Since then, fitness and exercise has become an important part of daily life. The more I move my body, the better I feel, and the better I can keep up with my active kiddos! I have a degree to teach early childhood and elementary children, and now I’m so excited to be teaching adult fitness classes! You never know where life will lead you! I am looking forward to being a part of your health & wellness journey!

Diana Bantz ~ RYT 200, B.S. Psyc/Soc

Hi, I’m Diana! I live on a farm in Stella, Nebraska. I am married to my husband, Steve, and together we have 6 grown children, 10 grandchildren and 6 dogs! Back in 2012, after I lost my mother to cancer, I started searching for answers and ways to find peace within myself and I found yoga. I was certified in Lincoln that year at Inner Power Yoga. I taught locally for several years and then fell away from my practice until Earth & Owl opened. I am excited to renew my passion for my yoga practice and share it with all of you!

Jill Hardy ~ Registered Nurse

Hello, I’m Jill Hardy. I am a full time Labor and Delivery Nurse in Nebraska City. My husband Ben and I live in Peru and we have two beautiful children, Burke and Remi. The first time I stepped on a trampoline at Earth & Owl, I was hooked. Getting me to that first class was a trick. I was a bigger girl and very self conscious about what others might think. What was a girl like me doing at a place like that? Well, I found myself. I found a love for moving my body. My bounce journey has helped me lose over 70 pounds! How could I not love something that has done so many great things for me. I have developed friendships and it is so much FUN!! So much fun, it doesn’t even feel like a workout! The music, the atmosphere, the people, I love it ALL!! I would have never guessed a year ago you would find me teaching a fitness class, but here I am and loving it!! Come try out a bounce class with me, I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

Jari Dunekacke ~ B.S. CJ, MSOM

Hello, I’m Jari. I am married to Tom and we have two boys, 5 & 8. I work as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Peru State College.  It wasn’t until my late 20s that my fitness journey started. I found that health and fitness could be enjoyable and not a chore, especially when you have a support network. Group workouts keep me motivated and accountable.  I joined Earth & Owl when bounce first became available and have taken full advantage of what the experience has to offer. I hope you will, too! The energetic atmosphere, the music, the routines, the calorie burn - I crave it all. Make bounce part of your weekly routine and you’ll be glad you did!